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Study: Black Carbon Second Only to CO2 in Warming Planet

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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A four-year international study has found the soot produced by diesel engines and wood-burning stoves is the second-greatest human contributor to climate change. That assessment of its effect, by a multinational team of 31 experts, is nearly twice what the United Nations estimated five years ago. Known as black carbon, soot now ranks ahead of […]

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New Evidence Shows Surprising Reach of Eastern US Quake

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Last year’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Mineral, Virginia, was felt over an area much larger than previously thought. In a new study, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey report landslides triggered by the quake four times farther away from the epicenter, and over an area 20 times larger than expected, based on studies of other […]

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Report: North Korea’s Kim Has ‘Firm Grip’ on Power; No Signs of Reform

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Un faces no serious threat to his rule and is not likely to enact reforms in the impoverished country. The International Crisis Group said Wednesday there are no clear signs of a conspiracy to overthrow the young leader, despite this month’s removal of a top […]

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South China Sea Dispute at ‘Impasse,’ Says Report

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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An international research organization says the South China Sea territorial dispute has reached an impasse and the prospects of finding a resolution are diminishing. The International Crisis Group said in a report Tuesday the likelihood of a major conflict between China and Southeast Asian rival claimants remains low. But it warned “all of the trends […]

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N. Korean Security Services Would Impede Reforms: Rights Group

Posted July 20th, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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As North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong Un consolidates power, a Washington-based human rights group warns that the communist country’s vast network of internal security services poses a major challenge to any potential reform efforts. The report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea outlines the inner workings of the authoritarian state’s three […]

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Study: YouTube Becoming Major Platform for News

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says the video-sharing website YouTube is emerging as a major platform for news. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism said Monday a third of the most searched terms on YouTube during the 15 months of the center’s study were news-related. Pew’s research was conducted from January 2011 to March […]

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Report: Asians Pass Hispanics as Largest Wave of New Immigrants to US

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A new study says Asian Americans have overtaken Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants arriving in the United States each year. The report released Tuesday by a U.S.-based think tank, the Pew Research Center, also found that Asian Americans are the “highest-income, best-educated and fastest growing racial group in the United States.” The […]

Report: Asians Pass Hispanics as Largest Wave of New Immigrants to US

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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A new study says Asian Americans have overtaken Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants arriving in the United States each year. The report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center also found that Asian Americans were the “highest-income, best-educated and fastest growing racial group in the United States.” The study, entitled “The Rise […]

Study: African Countries Failing to Meet UN Sanitation Goals

Posted November 18th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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A new study by an international charity group says nearly all sub-Saharan countries are failing to meet the U.N. Millennium Development goal of reducing by half the proportion of people without access to basic sanitation services by 2015. The UK-based WaterAid group said Friday in a report titled “Off-track, off-target” that the sub-Saharan region would […]

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Hong Kong Ranks First in Global Economic Freedom Study

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S.-based public policy research institute says Hong Kong is the world’s freest economy. The former British colony, which became a Chinese territory in 1997, has ranked first in the Cato Institute’s annual report on global economic freedom since the study was started 15 years ago. Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang says the territory […]

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